New technologies have been put to use in any area is no exception and education. If computers reach the classroom, the Internet connection is not necessary within their facilities and even tablets and smartphones are used as support classes, why close the doors to social networks?
The most obvious reason to have them go through their general benefit: the creation of interaction and dialogue between the different members.
Thus, they can be an excellent vehicle for debate.
Open dialogue: teachers, parents, students
Social networking in education can go through different strata. From the faculty to discuss internal aspects (calendars, organizing events, etc.), to the relationship between teachers and students to discuss issues about the subject they teach (answer questions, provide additional material) through the relationship between tutors and parents to report any educational aspect of their children (in schools cultural events, open days, etc).
At the school level, social networks should be used with caution, telling that involved minors, however, at the university level this is a task to overcome some centers. For example, the study of Social Media Adoption of Dartmouth, belonging to the University of Massachusetts, 100% of universities and colleges use the Social Media somehow. With regard to students, it emphasizes the use of Facebook, the most used since 2008. At that time she platform had 61% of students and in 2011, they were already 98%.
Twitter also plays an important role, with 84% of users. In the case of institutions it allows students to send quick messages, but has a more bureaucratic Linkedin use, used to assess student profiles when deciding admission.
As for blogs, they are not yet fully exploited in these institutions. However, it stands at 47%, a percentage that continues to grow.
They can use
On the use of teachers, use social networks, especially to announce issues besides adding auxiliary material for students classes, providing additional resources to complete their classes.
In turn, teachers have the opportunity to contact other teachers update their knowledge and share resources with other professionals.
As for universities, they use social networks to attract new students. Thus, social networks become a window for prospective students and can enjoy the intense university, asking their questions, which should be clarified right here. At the same time, these centers can monitor the opinions that poured over them in order to improve or assist every student or prospective student.
In short, social networks are a tool with great potential in education, not only because of the debate it generates, but by the ability to leverage resources that can be used in any direction within this area.